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The How-Tos for your Should-Dos

HOW TO CREATE ENGAGED EMPLOYEES FOR YOUR CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS

HOW TO CREATE ENGAGED EMPLOYEES FOR YOUR CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS Most of your employees are not engaged in the work they do. Sure, they show up and put in their time, but they have little to no passion about the job itself.  They also suck the energy out of your business.
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HOW TO REVERSE ENGINEER YOUR MARKETING PLAN

YOUR BUSINESS STARTS HERE Many construction business owners don’t have a marketing plan for their business. The reason many businesses don’t have a plan is because they don’t know where to start. Start with your Profit and Loss Statement (P&L) and reverse engineer your marketing plan from there. (Read this
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HOW TO REVERSE ENGINEER THE PROJECT START DATE

CUSTOMERS ALWAY ASK THIS QUESTION You’ve talked about the budget with your potential customer, and they have agreed to pay you for the planning and estimating work. (What?!!! You’re giving this work away for free?  Stop. Get this free sales training program.)  The next question customers always ask is ,
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HOW TO DELIVER BAD NEWS TO CUSTOMERS

NO ONE LIKES DELIVERING BAD NEWS You probably remember the last time you had to call a customer and deliver bad news.  It sucks.  Not just for you, but for the customer, too. The pain of disappointing your customers is compounded when you wait until the last minute to contact
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HERE IS THE SIMPLEST WAY TO GUARANTEE A PROFIT FOR YOUR CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS

YOU MUST MAKE A PROFIT WHEN THE MARKET SLOWS In a slow market, you need to identify the opportunities that generate a profit as soon as possible. You don’t have time for exploration.   WHAT MAKES YOUR BUSINESS A PROFIT? When you get clarity on what generates a profit for
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THIS IS WHY A MORNING ROUTINE WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

BECOME MORE PRODUCTIVE BY DOING LESS We all have the same number of hours in a day. But why is it that some people seem to get more done or be more effective than others?  This was a question I struggled with for a long time so I started researching
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HERE’S WHAT IS NEW AT SHAWNVANDYKE.COM

WELCOME TO THE NEW AND IMPROVED SVD Now it is easier than ever for you to find the business tools you need, apply for a program in the Build to Build Academy, or book me for a speaking gig. DROP IN ON THE CONVERSATION: NEW PODCAST PAGE And, after being asked
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HOW TO DEAL WITH MATERIAL SHORTAGES AND PRICE INCREASES

RISING MATERIAL PRICES & SHUTDOWNS CAUSE DELAYS FOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS Lumber prices are higher than they have been since 2018, according to NAHB. In fact, the Random Lengths Framing Composite Price is up 50% since April 2020. Higher prices for construction materials, combined with the shutdown of manufacturing plants and
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HOW TO PROTECT YOUR PROFITS IN A COVID-19 WORLD

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR PROFITS IN A COVID-19 WORLD ADJUSTING TO THE NEW NORMAL Mask wearing, social distancing, and zoom meetings are the new normal. These changes are minor in comparison to finding the new normal in your construction business.  How do you take care of your employees’ needs, maintain
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BUILDBOOK WEB APP: COMMUNICATION SIMPLIFIED FOR YOUR CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS

BUILDBOOK WEB APP: COMMUNICATION SIMPLIFIED FOR YOUR CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS POOR COMMUNICATION COSTS MONEY Poor communication is the number one reason construction businesses lose money.  It’s hard to keep track of all the calls, texts, emails, and face-to-face interactions that happen throughout each project.  Forget one detail, and you may have
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